Report: Patriots Not Expected to Trade Garoppolo


The New England Patriots are not expected to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Patriots 5-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, Tom Brady, turns 40 in August and it would seem that New England would like to keep Garoppolo, who turns 26 in November, around as their QB of the future.

New England's decision takes one quarterback off the board and team's in desperate need of a quarterback like the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, and Chicago Bears, will have to find a QB in free agency or the draft. (More "win-now mode" teams like Houston and Denver never seemed to be real players in the market for Garoppolo.)

Of course, there is the potential that this is a Bill Belichick jedi mind trick to drive up the price. So, Garoppolo may still end up being traded before next month's NFL Draft.

Garoppolo was a 2nd-round pick in the 2014 draft and was 2-0 as a starter in 2016 during Brady's suspension.

After Schefter reported that the Patriots weren't interested in moving Garoppolo, ESPN's Mike Reiss said they still might change their mind, according to ProFootballTalk's Michael David Smith.

"Reiss, a longtime Boston reporter who is very plugged-in to the way the Patriots do business, suggests that the Patriots may get an offer they can’t refuse," Smith wrote. "Reiss speculates that if a team offered its 2017 first-round draft pick plus a conditional future first-round draft pick, that would be enough for Bill Belichick to decide to deal Garoppolo."

So, of course, everything could change and Garoppolo ends up leaving New England.

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